Introducing Primo at the University of Greenwich

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Primo presentation and e-resources update at University of Greenwich and Partner Librarians’ Meeting. Tuesday 10th June at Greenwich Campus.

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  • Discovery tool ‘Google’ for our subscriptions and holdings. Works like Summon and EBSCO’s EDS

    Greenwich has the TotalCare version, which is remotely hosted and closely administered by Ex Libris
    For consistency with its partners at the Medway campus, Greenwich has renamed Primo Library Search

    Medway users may already be familiar with library search if they are Kent or Canterbury Christ Church users. From September Greenwich will also be using Library Search
  • Primo is a front end search layer that sits on top of our holdings and resources but which also includes hundreds of thousands of free open access resources
  • Testing of authentication routines and accessibility of full-text content (conducted by the Primo Implementation Group)
    Obtain preliminary feedback from students and staff. Your feedback is essential.

    Preparation of advertising materials (Summer 2014)
    Testing usability of service with students and staff (October 2014)
  • Text documents:
    Greenwich subscription databases
    Freely available academic resources
    No Digimap, Lexis Library, or Thomson One

    The continuing availability of the portal directory of databases
  • An alphabetical directory of links to all the databases and datasets to which Greenwich subscribes or otherwise has access.

    The format of this directory is likely to change, but all users will still be able to access each separate databases (and thus be able to use their bespoke search and other functionality)

  • Primo has its own portal channel

    Guest access enabled through the web and at public kiosks within the Libraries (after testing!)
  • Emulates the colour scheme of the University web pages

    Provides links to relevant other Library Services. Some of these are permanently displayed in the page footer.
  • We anticipate that Primo will replace the separate Prism 3 Library Catalogue user interface at some point
  • Is (exact) (i.e. phrase), Contains, and Starts With parameters

    Date (by specific range or number of years), Type (shown) and Scope (eJournals & eBooks, Library Catalogue and Primo Central)

  • Sort by: Date; Popularity (?); Author; or Title

    Expand… to include bibliographic citation records

    Refinement facets: Type; Date; Language; Database; Journal; Author; Subject


  • When fully enabled, will give direct access to the full-text document.

    The bibliographic reference.

    The (possibly multiple) sources of the full-text. Will link directly to the specific document.

    Records for books with contain additional tabs: Locations; Reserve


  • SFX is Ex Libris’ link resolver (which Greenwich uses in conjunction with Primo)

    Access to the SFX interface enables the user to locate specific resources (as here, a named journal), and to identify all of the titles from a particular vendor and/or subject domain
  • Browse Search gives access to several Library Catalogue indexes (i.e. it does not search the entire resource covered by Primo)
  • Users can temporarily or permanently store references, which can then be migrated to citation management tools

    Detailed search specifications can be saved (permanently if necessary), which may include Advanced Search and facet related refinements; e.g. early modern astrology Publication Date: Last 5 years / Document Type: Articles / Collection: Oxford Journals Online

    Users can also Sign-in to view and manage their Library record: loans / renewals; reservations


  • Introducing Primo at the University of Greenwich

    1. 1. Primo the University of Greenwich experience
    2. 2. Programme  What is Primo?  A brief description  System architecture  Project timescale: June 2014 – January 2015  The user interface  Search functionality  Result management  Demonstration
    3. 3. Primo  Primo is a commercially available resource discovery tool from Ex Libris, a specialist academic LMS vendor  In terms of the end-user experience, Primo enables the simultaneous searching of multiple bibliographic databases
    4. 4. System Architecture Primo (ui) Input query SFX (link resolver) Search indexes Create result set (Progressively) refine result set Select result Vendor (content owner) Open Athens LA (authentication) Confirm access permissible Yes Retrieve result Display result
    5. 5. Project Timeline  Soft launch Primo June 2014  Establish a Primo Marketing Group from within the Library Service  Where feasible, reconfigure the user-interface and search functionality as recommended, December 2014  Formal launch of Library Search in January 2015
    6. 6. Coverage  Full-text and bibliographic citations  No access to datasets and other non-textual resources (including audio-visual resources)  GALA, the University’s research repository, is not currently included  A directory of database coverage is available at: http://bit.ly/1tYAN5b
    7. 7. Current (Portal) Directory of Databases An alphabetical directory of links to all the databases and datasets to which Greenwich subscribes or otherwise has access The format of this directory is likely to change, but all users will still be able to access each separate databases (and thus be able to use their bespoke search and other functionality)
    8. 8. Access  In the first instance, access will be via the Library & IT/Computing tab in the university portal  The link is actually a version of the Simple Search interface: Results are displayed within the full Primo user interface
    9. 9. Primo User Interface at 13.05.14 Emulates the colour scheme of the University web pages Provides links to relevant other Library Services. Some of these are permanently displayed in the page footer.
    10. 10. Search Functionality: Simple  Allows users to perform a blanket search of all available content  Primo Central is the sub-collection of journal articles and comparable content (reviews, conference papers, etc.)
    11. 11. Search Functionality: Advanced Is (exact) (i.e. phrase), Contains, and Starts With parameters Date (by specific range or number of years), Type (shown) and Scope (eJournals & eBooks, Library Catalogue and Primo Central)
    12. 12. Example Search Results Refinement facets: Type; Date; Language; Database; Journal; Author; Subject Expand… to include bibliographic citation records Sort by: Date; Popularity (?); Author; or Title
    13. 13. The Brief Record When fully enabled, will give direct access to the full-text document. The bibliographic reference. The (possibly multiple) sources of the full-text. Will link directly to the specific document. Records for books with contain additional tabs: Locations; Reserve
    14. 14. Additional Search Functionality: SFX Access to the SFX interface enables the user to locate specific resources (as here, a named journal), and to identify all of the titles from a particular vendor and/or subject domain SFX is Ex Libris’ link resolver (which Greenwich uses in conjunction with Primo)
    15. 15. Additional Search Functionality: Browse Browse Search gives access to several Library Catalogue indexes (i.e. it does not search the entire resource covered by Primo)
    16. 16. Record Management Users can temporarily or permanently store references, which can then be migrated to citation management tools Detailed search specifications can be saved (permanently if necessary), which may include Advanced Search and facet related refinements; e.g. early modern astrology Publication Date: Last 5 years / Document Type: Articles / Collection: Oxford Journals Online Users can also Sign-in to view and manage their Library record: loans / renewals; reservations
    17. 17. Demo
    18. 18. Further Information and Feedback Project Implementation Group:  Fraser Nicolaides - Academic Services Librarian  Nathan Newey - Bibliographic Services Co-ordinator  Nadine Edwards - Senior Academic Services E-Librarian email: primo@greenwich.ac.uk

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